Mac Mini as Home Theater system with Lion OS

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Bozley0621, May 20, 2011.

  1. Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2009
    If Apple takes FrontRow out of the Lion OS, how will folks who use their Mac Mini as a home theater system play movies and tv shows.

    Would they also have to purchase an ATV 2 for the same tv or be relegated to using XMBC or Plex?
  2. irishv macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2008
    My assumption is that we will see a full screen version of itunes at WWDC. This will be the replacement for Front Row. That or we will see plugins/apps for the AppleTV. Possibly both. As long as they do a good job integrating Home Sharing, I will be happy and might consider switching from Plex.
  3. Steve888 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2011
    What about support for DRM protected movies ?

    A fullscreen version of iTunes would be fine. But Plex doesn't support DRM protected files (I think ?) and surely Apple is not about to leave people who've paid for their movies with no way to play them ?
  4. ryanpfw macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2011
    Does anyone with developer knowledge of 10.5 know if there will be a way to easily access 10.5 media using the Apple remote? A full screen replacement for front row?
  5. irishv macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2008
    Nothing that I could find in DP2, haven't tried anything newer. I'm curious if the 10.5 beta has a full screen mode if installed on Lion.
  6. llarson macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007

    pled is 10 times better then Front Row OR buy an AppleTV and hook it up in place of the Mac Mini.

    Check out PLEX!
  7. gcmexico macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    New York City
    PLEX is awesome, but it doesn't support itunes movies tv or tv shows
  8. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    Yep that's the problem. No DRM playback.
  9. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    I have no knowledge if FrontRow is in Lion or not. Theoretically, if it's not, it's no big deal. Just have your HTPC Mac load iTunes. You can use the on your iPhone/iPad to control your HTPC's iTunes library.
  10. irishv macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2008
    Sure, that's not a big deal if everyone who uses the TV has an iOS device. For my HTPC, I'm shooting for a single interface (controlled by remote) that allows anyone to watch live OTA tv, saved movies/tv shows, streamed events (ESPN3), rented movies, and play iTunes music/podcasts. Right now I use a combination of Plex, EyeTV, and Remote Buddy, only dropping into Front Row for rented movies.

    An easier solution for Apple would be to add apps to the ATV, and that is likely the direction they will go at some point.

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